In his final state of the nation speech Monday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his refusal to confront China over Beijing's seizure and fortification of his country's islets in the South China Sea.
"It will be a massacre if I go and fight a war now," said Duterte. "We are not yet a competent and able enemy of the other side."
In October of 2020, 14 people were arrested in Michigan and accused of being participants in a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The governor had imposed draconian restrictions on religious, travel and commercial activities as a means, she claimed, to stem the spread of COVID-19. All of her restrictions were eventually found by courts to be ...Read more
It is a long-standing tradition to air the national anthem prior to kickoff at football games. Now, the NFL has decided to follow this tradition by playing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which is known traditionally to many Black Americans as the Black national anthem.
The song was originally written as a poem in 1900 by author and civil rights ...Read more
China is in the process of expanding the "social credit" system they have been rolling out in phases since 2014.
Much like what we have for our financial credit ratings, China's "social credit" system attaches a positive point value to behavior that the government views as praiseworthy (showing integrity, responsibility and/or trustworthiness) ...Read more
Government legislative titles often sound fantastic; certainly, there is a branding guru in charge of naming potential legislation something that appeals to the masses.
But the titles don't always fairly describe the legislation they are attached to. To translate these grand sounding legislative titles into normal English, you must employ a ...Read more
Washington -- We at The American Spectator call it "Kultursmog," and it is the only kind of smog of which our friends on the left approve. Actually, they not only approve of Kultursmog, but they contribute to it. Kultursmog is that aspect of American culture that is utterly politicized, and it is politicized by the politics of the left. Its ...Read more
We have always had them among us: fortune tellers, diviners, readers of palms, tarot cards, tea leaves, stars, horoscopes, discerners of animal entrails, calling on gods of wood and stone, and all sorts of other “seers” who have attempted to convince the gullible that they have the power to predict the future.
To some, climate change ...Read more
Ben & Jerry's, noted for its ice cream made from "contented cows," has produced not such contented consumers in many circles following its announcement to stop selling its ice cream in Israel's West Bank and in East Jerusalem.
Although the announcement calls these areas "occupied territories," more accurate would be to describe their status as ...Read more
Public health officials struggle with telling the truth. They seem to think people don't deserve to know. At the beginning of COVID-19, they told us we didn't need masks instead of admitting there was a mask shortage.
Last week, health officials announced outbreaks of a hospital infection that's highly contagious and untreatable by any ...Read more
Politicians just don't learn.
People die as police fight drug dealers. Marijuana dealers form gangs and fight among themselves.
It's so stupid. Especially because marijuana is relatively harmless.
Finally, some states legalized it, hoping to put an end to the black market. But legalization hasn't ended the violence.
Why? Because many states ...Read more
In June, the U.S. attorney's office for the district of Arizona charged six individuals who had previously been convicted of homicide in the U.S. with illegally reentering the country.
This statistic -- published in the U.S. attorney's monthly report on immigration and border crimes -- shines a revelatory light on our justice system and our ...Read more
America has a crisis of empathy.
That crisis isn't expressed as lack of charitable giving: Americans give approximately seven times what Europeans do to charity per capita. And it isn't expressed as an unwillingness to spend on a governmental level: The United States currently spends more money than any nation in the history of the world.
The ...Read more
As anyone who lived through it can tell you, the scars of 9/11 do not fade with time. Twenty years later, I’m still angry and heartbroken over what happened that day, changed forever by what I saw. When I close my eyes and imagine the New York City skyline I called my home, I still see the Twin Towers. I still can’t believe it was real.
On July 27, four Capitol Police officers testified before the new House "Select Committee on the January 6th Insurrection" and told heartbreaking tales of the riotous mob that tore into the Capitol on Jan. 6. The emotion was palpable, both from the policemen and from the members of Congress that shared their fear during the riot. Empathy was ...Read more
It seems there's no sanctuary from draconian mask and vaccine mandates. You can't get on a plane, go to school, work at a hospital, perform onstage, compete in sports, exercise at a gym, worship in church or walk outside without the long shadows of Big Pharma and the COVID-19 control freaks looming over every aspect of your lives. Every breath, ...Read more
PARIS — Is it even possible for people to get objective, accurate information about COVID-19? Throughout the pandemic, certain narratives have been sidelined or suppressed, with social media and conventional media dutifully acting as the handmaidens of the establishment. It smacks of the same propaganda tactics that have been used to ...Read more
America bashing has become the favorite pastime of the far left. So-called progressives who, in reality, are Marxists, excoriate America as a nation founded by white men for white men. They even reject the Declaration of Independence, labeling it a racist document. These ideologically blind politicians claim our country is guilty of systemic ...Read more
NEW ALEXANDRIA, Pennsylvania -- The scent of funnel cakes, grilled hot dogs and an ever-so-faint whiff of diesel fuel fill the air. The odd combination somehow works, adding to the excitement and anticipation as thousands of families and gearheads fill the stands surrounding the track of the local Lions Club Demolition Derby here in Westmoreland...Read more
This past weekend, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd added another column to the myriad irrational and hysterical pieces about the "existential threat" climate change allegedly poses to human life.
As I do after almost every piece I read on the internet, I read comments submitted by readers.
One provided me with an epiphany.
It was a ...Read more
RAPID CITY, South Dakota — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem likes to present herself as a “normal everyday” person “who enjoys life.”
Appearing at FreedomFest 21, a gathering of 2,700 conservatives and libertarians, Noem politics/fromtheright/calthomas/s-2546640">Read more
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